Psychiatrists in Lyon County, NV

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Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fernley, NV 89408
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(775) 514-7155 View (775) 514-7155
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dayton, NV 89403
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(775) 628-6098 View (775) 628-6098
Photo of Aline Paredes - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, APRN, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, NP
Verified Verified
Fernley, NV 89408  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am board-certified to treat Children, Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am board-certified to treat Children, Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 313-0622 View (833) 313-0622

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Anthony Quinn
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89509
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
(702) 820-4164 View (702) 820-4164
Photo of Janelle Yim, PMHNP, FNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janelle Yim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89012  (Online Only)
Currently ACCEPTing NEW patients: (make an appointment on the website - www.telemyvisit.com.) Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health to reach overall well-being. Many people suffer from depression or other mental health problems that affect their lives, and yet they often struggle to reach out for help. Mental health conditions are common, and you are not alone in this. Whether you know that you live with a long-term mental illness or you are not sure what's causing your symptoms, I can help you find hope.
Currently ACCEPTing NEW patients: (make an appointment on the website - www.telemyvisit.com.) Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health to reach overall well-being. Many people suffer from depression or other mental health problems that affect their lives, and yet they often struggle to reach out for help. Mental health conditions are common, and you are not alone in this. Whether you know that you live with a long-term mental illness or you are not sure what's causing your symptoms, I can help you find hope.
(509) 260-2380 View (509) 260-2380
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Trilogy Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89502
Hello ! My name is Nikki (Shalonda) Myles. I am a nurse practitioner (NP) with a focus in family medicine and psychiatry. I offer in-person and Telehealth care.I am currently accepting new patients.
Hello ! My name is Nikki (Shalonda) Myles. I am a nurse practitioner (NP) with a focus in family medicine and psychiatry. I offer in-person and Telehealth care.I am currently accepting new patients.
(414) 737-4774 View (414) 737-4774
Photo of Regina Wiggins Speights, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Regina Wiggins Speights
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89511
My ideal client is one who is who recognizes they need assistance but is uncertain where to start. My approach to care utilizes motivational interviewing and Phil Barker’s “Tidal Theory.” The "Tidal Theory," gives the client full control over the conversations, speed of progress, and plan of care. My goal is to listen, help you navigate your “life journey”, and provide you with the support and resources to move along your plan.
My ideal client is one who is who recognizes they need assistance but is uncertain where to start. My approach to care utilizes motivational interviewing and Phil Barker’s “Tidal Theory.” The "Tidal Theory," gives the client full control over the conversations, speed of progress, and plan of care. My goal is to listen, help you navigate your “life journey”, and provide you with the support and resources to move along your plan.
(702) 817-2258 View (702) 817-2258
Photo of Nate Mellum - Mellum Family Psychiatry, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mellum Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89501
Nate Mellum is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is passionate about treating children and adolescents, but also sees adults on a limited basis. A Reno native, Nate attended University of Nevada, Reno for both his undergraduate and graduate studies where he specialized in mental health and psychiatry. He worked for five years as a registered nurse at Veteran's Affairs in Reno before deciding to focus on mental health and psychiatry. He has worked in various settings including outpatient clinics, consultation on medical floors, and a mental health crisis unit.
Nate Mellum is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is passionate about treating children and adolescents, but also sees adults on a limited basis. A Reno native, Nate attended University of Nevada, Reno for both his undergraduate and graduate studies where he specialized in mental health and psychiatry. He worked for five years as a registered nurse at Veteran's Affairs in Reno before deciding to focus on mental health and psychiatry. He has worked in various settings including outpatient clinics, consultation on medical floors, and a mental health crisis unit.
(775) 256-4309 View (775) 256-4309
2Be Wellness Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89521
Are you frustrated by western medicine, and would like a fresh approach to your mental health needs? At 2Be Wellness our integrative approach helps you move towards optimal mental wellbeing. What sets us apart from other clinics? At 2Be, we utilize evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical interventions to restore balance in your life and guide you to your highest quality of being.
Are you frustrated by western medicine, and would like a fresh approach to your mental health needs? At 2Be Wellness our integrative approach helps you move towards optimal mental wellbeing. What sets us apart from other clinics? At 2Be, we utilize evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical interventions to restore balance in your life and guide you to your highest quality of being.
(775) 256-4815 View (775) 256-4815
Photo of Grace Cadavona, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Grace Cadavona
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carson City, NV 89701  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Grace and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Grace Cadavona is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her career working as a registered nurse in 2013. She has worked in a multitude of hospitals and outpatient facilities focusing on diverse areas including psychiatric, geriatric, juvenile correctional, medical detox, public health, community, and telehealth settings. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Grace and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Grace Cadavona is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her career working as a registered nurse in 2013. She has worked in a multitude of hospitals and outpatient facilities focusing on diverse areas including psychiatric, geriatric, juvenile correctional, medical detox, public health, community, and telehealth settings. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(775) 441-7454 View (775) 441-7454
Photo of Trae Stewart, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Trae Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carson City, NV 89703  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
(702) 887-1601 View (702) 887-1601
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Aubrey Klaich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89502  (Online Only)
My passion lies in working with teens and young adults navigating the challenges of anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. I also help those going through life transitions, feeling overwhelmed by performance-related or everyday stressors, struggling with their emotional experience, or seeking a better understanding of themselves and/or their relationships. My integrative approach to treatment may combine a variety of techniques and modalities including psychotherapy, medication management, neutraceutical supplementation, mind-body techniques, and lifestyle coaching (nutrition, sleep, exercise).
My passion lies in working with teens and young adults navigating the challenges of anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. I also help those going through life transitions, feeling overwhelmed by performance-related or everyday stressors, struggling with their emotional experience, or seeking a better understanding of themselves and/or their relationships. My integrative approach to treatment may combine a variety of techniques and modalities including psychotherapy, medication management, neutraceutical supplementation, mind-body techniques, and lifestyle coaching (nutrition, sleep, exercise).
(775) 416-9547 View (775) 416-9547
Photo of Linda Hawley, MSN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Linda Hawley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89512  (Online Only)
I love to work with families with ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiant issues. In addition to over 10 years psychiatric training and education- I am also a mother who raised 4 children on the ADHD/Autism spectrum. I understand the complexities and frustrations these conditions can cause. I am dedicated to helping families and patients heal, grow and THRIVE. Safe, effective treatment plans based on you• Specializing in adolescent, pediatric and adult care • 4 years experience in psych hospitals and 6 years outpatient • Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Panic, Insomnia Schizophrenia, ADHD and Addictions: alcohol, opioid and stimulants
I love to work with families with ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiant issues. In addition to over 10 years psychiatric training and education- I am also a mother who raised 4 children on the ADHD/Autism spectrum. I understand the complexities and frustrations these conditions can cause. I am dedicated to helping families and patients heal, grow and THRIVE. Safe, effective treatment plans based on you• Specializing in adolescent, pediatric and adult care • 4 years experience in psych hospitals and 6 years outpatient • Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Panic, Insomnia Schizophrenia, ADHD and Addictions: alcohol, opioid and stimulants
(725) 262-4556 View (725) 262-4556
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Faisal A Suba
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89509
Dr. Suba completed his residency training in Psychiatry from the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he served as Chief resident of his program. He is board certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Suba is currently on faculty with the UNLV School of Medicine where he received the faculty of the year award in 2013, 2014, and 2016 from the Department of Psychiatry. He is adjunct faculty at Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Suba has previously served as President of the Las Vegas branch of Nevada Psychiatric Association. Currently he serves as Medical Director of MonteVista hospital.
Dr. Suba completed his residency training in Psychiatry from the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he served as Chief resident of his program. He is board certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Suba is currently on faculty with the UNLV School of Medicine where he received the faculty of the year award in 2013, 2014, and 2016 from the Department of Psychiatry. He is adjunct faculty at Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Suba has previously served as President of the Las Vegas branch of Nevada Psychiatric Association. Currently he serves as Medical Director of MonteVista hospital.
(702) 919-7516 View (702) 919-7516
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TeleMind
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89503
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(855) 835-3696 View (855) 835-3696
Photo of Brandee Lynn Shipman - Solidarity Mental Health Services, Brandee Shipman, DNP, APRN, BS, BSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Solidarity Mental Health Services, Brandee Shipman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, BS, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89509
I treat people across a broad spectrum of age, background, and need. I have a person centered focus, we will work together to figure out the best approach to achieve your goals. I have been a longtime resident of Northern Nevada. I am a graduate of UNR where I received my Doctorate of Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP). I opened my private practice, Solidarity Mental Health Services, near Downtown Reno, in 2021. I share my life with my husband of over 20 years and our four wonderful children who inspire me to be better.
I treat people across a broad spectrum of age, background, and need. I have a person centered focus, we will work together to figure out the best approach to achieve your goals. I have been a longtime resident of Northern Nevada. I am a graduate of UNR where I received my Doctorate of Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP). I opened my private practice, Solidarity Mental Health Services, near Downtown Reno, in 2021. I share my life with my husband of over 20 years and our four wonderful children who inspire me to be better.
(775) 405-6437 View (775) 405-6437
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Inner Solutions Psychotherapy, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89501
Rose Parizo is a nurse practitioner who has been in the metal health field for over a decade and is now in private practice providing Medication Managment for your needs. Medication Managment will help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other challenges. Rose provides services in both English and Spanish and I is looking forward to meeting you.
Rose Parizo is a nurse practitioner who has been in the metal health field for over a decade and is now in private practice providing Medication Managment for your needs. Medication Managment will help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other challenges. Rose provides services in both English and Spanish and I is looking forward to meeting you.
(775) 204-8246 View (775) 204-8246
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89436  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(971) 601-3087 View (971) 601-3087
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Amanda Melone
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89503  (Online Only)
Dr. Melone grew up in Reno and is privileged to serve Nevada residents. She is deeply committed to care centered around the patient and hopes to establish long lasting bonds with each of her patients. A compassion approach with a thorough review of systems allows her to make accurate diagnoses and choose a treatment method that best serves each diagnosis. Dr. Melone has worked extensively as an adult psychiatrist and a child psychiatrist. Her background is broader than most psychiatrists, and she has completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Melone grew up in Reno and is privileged to serve Nevada residents. She is deeply committed to care centered around the patient and hopes to establish long lasting bonds with each of her patients. A compassion approach with a thorough review of systems allows her to make accurate diagnoses and choose a treatment method that best serves each diagnosis. Dr. Melone has worked extensively as an adult psychiatrist and a child psychiatrist. Her background is broader than most psychiatrists, and she has completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(775) 242-8466 View (775) 242-8466
Photo of Thomas A. Gonda Jr, MD, MFT, Psychiatrist
Thomas A. Gonda Jr
Psychiatrist, MD, MFT
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89501
I offer the physician perspective to help you gain insight and knowledge in a comfortable, confidential and supportive atmosphere. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs to help attain the personal growth they're striving for. I am a psychiatrist who does talk therapy. Offices in: Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Reno and Las Vegas. I offer weekend and evening hours. I have a DEA license to prescribe Subutex and Suboxone. I offer hypnotherapy as an additional treatment modality. I am a licensed physician in California and Nevada.
I offer the physician perspective to help you gain insight and knowledge in a comfortable, confidential and supportive atmosphere. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs to help attain the personal growth they're striving for. I am a psychiatrist who does talk therapy. Offices in: Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Reno and Las Vegas. I offer weekend and evening hours. I have a DEA license to prescribe Subutex and Suboxone. I offer hypnotherapy as an additional treatment modality. I am a licensed physician in California and Nevada.
(775) 389-8631 View (775) 389-8631

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lyon County, NV

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lyon County, NV who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lyon County, NV see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lyon County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.